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Executive backs 4.5 % council tax hike for Anglesey rate payers

Published date: 10 February 2014 |
Published by: Geraint Jones 
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 ANGLESEY rate payers could face a council tax rise as the authority faces “unprecedented” cuts, and possible redundancies.

The council’s executive today (Monday, February 10) supported a 4.5 per cent increase as part of its final 2014/15 budget proposals.

Councillor Ieuan Williams, leader of Anglesey Council, said the authority needed to save £7 million this year alone.

He added: “We now face an unprecedented period of cuts, like those which have already been experienced by English councils

“These cuts will remain with us for a number of years to come and will impact on the way we deliver services, as well as residents, communities and council staff.”

Executive members hoped that a smaller increase than the anticipated 5 per cent would give taxpayers some comfort with the county council facing unprecedented funding cuts.

The a full council meeting on February 27 adopts the proposals, an average Band ‘D’ bill will stand at £981.41, excluding North Wales Police and community council precepts, which are set separately.

The executive will recommend that councillors accept 45 applications for voluntary redundancies as part of its final proposals.

An Anglesey Council spokesman said feedback from residents, business community, town and community councils, trade unions and schools forum during the recent budget consultation had a bearing on the executive’s proposals.

Cllr Hywel Eifion Jones, finance portfolio holder, said feedback revealed people had concerns above the proposed council tax increase, which was above inflation.

He said: “We’ve listened to their concerns and done our best to keep council tax down, and a 4.5 per cent increase will mean an extra 81p a week for average Band D property.”

“Funding cuts will also bite next year and the executive has also pledged that work on the 2015/16 budget will begin in March, ensuring that future savings proposals are thoroughly scrutinised and consulted upon.”

Meanwhile, lowering the admission age to primary schools will remain on the agenda, as executive members today agreed that talks with pre-school organisations should continue to find a solution focused on “delivering an effective and efficient quality education for young children.”

Any changes to the admission age would not be fully implemented by the start of the new school year in September. 


 

WHAT DO YOU THINK?  Send your views on Anglesey Council's budget proposals to geraint.jones@nwn.co.uk or post a comment below.  

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